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Eric Bana ACTOR




ERIC BANA BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Eric Bana was born on August 9th, 1968 in Melbourne, Australia with the birth name Eric Banadinovich, born to parents Ivan and Eleanor Banadinovich.  He was raised in Melbourne and after school he relocated to Sidney Australia and decided he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. 
 
He first began his career in entertainment when he found work as a stand up comedian.  Soon he was getting cast on television in a number of small roles such as, "Tonight Live with Steve Vizard" (1990) and "Full Frontal" (1993) where he gained a decent size fan base for his impressions of actors such as Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
Bana then decided to start his own show titled, "Eric" (1997) which soon became, "The Eric Bana Show Live" (1997).  It did not take long for him to break into the film industry with his film debut on, "The Castle" (1997).  When he took on the role of, 'Chopper Read' an Australian criminal for the film, "Chopper" he prepared himself with great dedication for the role.  He gained thirty pounds, shaved his head and even spent time in prison studying the life of a criminal.  For all his hard work and dedication to the character, he earned three Australian Film Institute Awards.
 
As his career progressed other film roles followed such as, "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "The Nugget" (2002), "Hulk" (2003), "Troy" (2004) and "Munich" (2005).  In 2006, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Some of his latest film appearances have been in, "Romulus, My Father" (2007), "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), "Star Trek" (2009), "The Time Traveler's Wife" (2009), "Funny People" (2009) and soon, "Elvis & Nixon" and "By Virtue Fall" both scheduled for a 2013 release.
 
Along with becoming a successful actor, he is also involved in a number of charitable causes such as being an ambassador for a charity for homeless young people called, Father Chris Riley.  He is also active in a number of campaigns with the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. 
 
Although he is a well known actor and does do some work in the United States, he remains living in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, Rebecca Gleeson whom he married in 1997 and they have two children, Klaus and Sophia.

 
Filmography

2013 By Virtue Fall
2012 Elvis & Nixon 
2012 Brilliant
2012 Kin 
2011 Hanna 
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife 
2009 Funny People
2009 Star Trek 
2009 Mary and Max 
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl 
2007 Romulus, My Father 
2007 Lucky You
2005 Munich
2004 Troy
2003 Hulk 
2003 Finding Nemo 
2003 Hulk
2002 The Nugget 
2001 Black Hawk Down 
2000-2001 Something in the Air 
2000 Chopper 
1999-2000 All Saints
2000 Arctic Adventure 
1997 Eric 
1993-1997 Full Frontal
1997 The Castle 
1996 Eric 







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